From the Runway to Your Living Room

 

Perhaps Scarlett had the right idea!

Fashions that we wear and fashions for the home have always gone hand in hand. We often see trends on the runway show up in our homes later. Whether it be color, texture or construction, haute couture has played a major role in our home decoration.

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So next time you’re shopping for your home… Check out the runway!

 


Think Outside the Box!

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When choosing your drapery accessories you don’t have to always go with the safe, typical option. Try using something that’s a bit more unusual. Peruse the plumbing isle of your hardware store for curtain rods. Go to a vintage store and find cool strands of beads or necklaces for tie backs, and don’t count out rope, carabiners, tack, and leather belts! The possibilities are endless. So next time you need a hardware solution for you draperies remember to think outside the box!

Summer is Approaching …Time to Freshen Up Your Outdoor Space!

 

Whether you have a porch, a pergola or a full-blown cabana, outdoor living spaces are a wonderful place to relax and entertain.

 

  
 

Once you’ve given everything a good cleaning, and replaced plants that didn’t survive the winter (common around my house!), consider adding Outdoor Draperies. They can turn an over-exposed, sun-drenched porch into an intimate, cozy spot to eat dinner or curl up with a great read! Even simple panels add softness to an otherwise hard exterior space.

 

  
 

Remember – Be sure you select only outdoor-specific fabric that can take full sun, such as Sunbrella, which comes in a wide variety of colors, patterns and textures…even pretty sheers!  And, take care that your hardware is weather-proof as well.  Most companies can provide a clear weather-coat to their metal drapery hardware, or you can add it yourself.

 

  

Not sure where to start? Give us a call to set up a free consultation! For residential, call Maripat Powers at 512.784.8894. For commercial projects, call Joshua Powers at 512.799.4225.

Design Trends: Color of the Year – Marsala

Just the fact that there is a “color of the year” supports the idea that we should refresh our accent pieces frequently. These trendy colors can be added in a throw pillow, or a band on a window treatment. Pantone’s color of the year for 2015 is Marsala, an earthy warm tone that lends itself to a variety of tastes and design aesthetics.

According to Pantone, “the impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”

Below are a few ideas for incorporating a touch of Marsala into your home.

 

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Read more about how Pantone picks its color of the year in this great Glamour interview.

Say No to “Settling”

Say NO to settling for too-short, flimsy, “afterthought” shower curtain treatments!

I was in a client’s home recently for a consult about custom window treatments in her guest room.  She wanted something special, so her guests would feel pampered and comfortable.  But when I asked her what she wanted to do for a shower curtain in the connected guest bath, she said “Oh, I thought I’d just pick something up at Target for that.”

Hmmm…not such a good plan!  So we talked about how we could bring some cohesiveness to her guest suite by incorporating a custom shower curtain to the design plan.  Merging beauty with practicality is the goal, and the results are phenomenal!

Here are some ideas for giving a custom design touch to an otherwise utilitarian space…

Airy and beautiful!  This is a lovely solution in this period-style bathroom.

Airy and beautiful! This is a lovely solution in this period-style bathroom.

Notice the ceiling-mounted valance in this treatment.  A separate waterproof liner can mount on a pole hidden behind the valance.

Notice the ceiling-mounted valance in this treatment. A separate waterproof liner can mount on a pole hidden behind the valance.

Horizontal stripes make a great complement to the subway tile tub surround.

Horizontal stripes make a great complement to the subway tile tub surround.

As an alternative to the second pole for the liner, ask your workroom to make a detachable liner out of soft, water-resistant fabric.  It can share rings with the curtain, or attach to the back side of the curtain via velcro...easily removed for washing!

As an alternative to the second pole for the liner, ask your workroom to make a detachable liner out of soft, water-resistant fabric. It can share rings with the curtain, or attach to the back side of the curtain via velcro…easily removed for washing!

This treatment was created using three "store-bought" shower curtains.

This treatment was created using three “store-bought” shower curtains.

Tiebacks and Trim are the finishing touches that make this simple treatment something special!

Tiebacks and Trim are the finishing touches that make this simple treatment something special!

 

 

Back from the Dead!

Are your window treatments outdated or tired-looking?  Maybe you recently changed the color of the walls, and the draperies that once looked fine now appear to be nothing more than garage sale fodder!   Before you lay them to rest, consider whether a resurrection might be possible.

There are lots of things that can be done to give new life to existing window treatments.  Here are a few you might consider:

1. Give them a good cleaning!  Try vacuuming, using a hose and brush attachment.  It’s shocking to see how much dust can accumulate on drapes over time.  If they are really soiled, have them professionally dry-cleaned.

2. Add a band (or two!) either horizontally or vertically, in a contrast fabric

This bright band adds pop of color to plain white drapes...note that you want to purchase enough fabric to go the entire length of the drapes in one cut. Use the leftovers to make a pretty throw or pillows for the sofa!

This bright band adds pop of color to plain white drapes…note that you want to purchase enough fabric to go the entire length of the drapes in one cut. Use the leftovers to make a pretty throw or pillows for the sofa!

This is as simple as it gets...rows of flat braid trim create a big impact!

This is as simple as it gets…rows of flat braid trim create a big impact!

Add a deep hemband...so simple and classy!

Add a deep hemband…so simple and classy! This is also a great way to add length to drapes that are too short.

3. Sew some trim along the leading edge.  Flat Braid or Tassel Fringe looks beautiful in this application.  Or consider a row of buttons to spice things up.

These plain grey drapes come alive with raspberry bead trim...

These plain grey drapes come alive with raspberry bead trim…

In a Bay Window, banding along both edges makes the window pop!

In a Bay Window, banding along both edges makes the window pop!

Look closely...spaced out in the yellow grosgrain ribbon trim are grey buttons.  A perfect complement for these draperies.

Look closely…spaced out in the yellow grosgrain ribbon trim are grey buttons. A perfect complement for these draperies.

4. Update your hardware to something more substantial and interesting.

5. Add another layer for interest…a woven wood or cellular shade can provide contrast in both color and texture that translates to “new life” for your tired old drapes!

This woven wood shade is topped off with a simple valance in the same fabric as the drapes...brilliant!

This woven wood shade is topped off with a simple valance in the same fabric as the drapes…brilliant!

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